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Forum topic by spunwood posted 06-09-2011 05:47 AM 2457 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-09-2011 05:47 AM

I found myself rushing today and just wanted to hear how you all manage to slow down. I hate ruining something or making it take three times as long because I think I can just plow through or wing it, or do just one more…

I read two great tags here on LJ’s:

If you don’t have time to test a stain, you have time to do the project over


Every step of any project should be considered your masterpiece if you want the finished product to reflect the quality of your work

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#1 posted 06-09-2011 05:48 AM

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#2 posted 06-09-2011 06:04 AM

when i get too exited

it is time for my cookies and milk
and my blankie

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 06-09-2011 06:25 AM

Whenever I get the urge to hurry things, I go to my bedroom and lay down untill the urge passes over.

-- Tom D

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#4 posted 06-09-2011 06:46 AM

i turn off my phones and I go with my daughter and I see a little tv or a movie

-- Sorry I do not speak English very well, nor write, but I learn

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#5 posted 06-09-2011 10:01 AM

I just ,pull up the memories from the past, of the things I screwed up,and the time it took to fix the screw up, from rushing, then take a break, screw my head back on right, and go back to it.
And remember ,getting in a hurry ,can get you hurt.

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#6 posted 06-09-2011 12:17 PM

If there’s time to fix the mistake, then there was time to do it right the first time!

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#7 posted 06-09-2011 12:48 PM

After the mistake, You have to make, time to fix the mistake, before the mistake ,you have a choice.

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#8 posted 06-09-2011 01:48 PM

LOL. I seldom rush at anything anymore (retirement will do that to you) but I still make mistakes. I look at it this way, if it wasn’t for my mistakes, I wouldn’t have nearly as much to occupy my time. ;^)))

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#9 posted 06-09-2011 02:19 PM

I always try to take time out to de-stress after “relaxing” in the shop…

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#10 posted 06-09-2011 02:44 PM

I’ve got a big deadline coming up and I have to get a lot done today and tomorrow. I really hate it when I get into these situations. This is when I rush too much and work too long. This is also the type of situation that increases the risk of an accident.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#11 posted 06-09-2011 03:04 PM

It’s always best to plan before you start, make parts list and a few drawings, and think out the whole project and the order of all your steps. All of this invariably saves time. One of these days I am going to follow my own advice. ;-)

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 06-09-2011 03:07 PM

Never put off until tomorrow that which can be put off ‘till the day after! :-)

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#13 posted 06-09-2011 03:36 PM

This is the prototype I’ll do better on the project, or this is just temporary till I decide what I want to do.
So now you know the secret of my success I make a lot of temporary prototype projects. LOL
Now if I can slow down my A.D.D. I can work on a project.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#14 posted 06-09-2011 04:47 PM

Haste and indecision are teh world’s greatest wasters of time.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 06-09-2011 06:16 PM

I think what has slowed me down the most in my work, is being 59 instead of 19!
But that is not all simply about age. I was raised in a production shop by a dad who was like a bull in a china closet. He had 2 speeds—fast & get out of my way!!!!!!! He actually was a pretty good woodworker and very productive—-when he didn’t make mistakes.

Then an excellent craftsman moved in next door to out shop. In my early 20’s, I quickly saw the difference in quality, and knew which way I wanted to go. Since I have worked in production all my career, I had to learn to balance the two. I am able to shift gears when I am working on personal projects at home. I still don’t waste a lot of time, even as a hobbyist, but I do whatever it takes to acheive the quality I want.


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